Breaking it Down – Golf Swing Analysis
Unison with each other in order create a fluid motion that will make the ball travel far and straight. In breaking down the setup of golf swing, there are three different elements that each contribute to making solid contact.
– Stance – A proper stance is a vital part of a successful golf swing. When addressing the ball, get into a comfortable athletic stance, as if you are getting ready to field a ground ball. Like every other sport, golf requires a loose but sturdy ready position. Bend at the hips, keep your back straight, and slightly bend your knees. Become comfortable in the stance (again, think about how a shortstop bounces his knees to get into a ready position) before taking the club head into a backswing.
– Alignment – Where you line up will dictate which direction the ball will travel in. When you step up to the ball, draw an imaginary line from your back foot to your front foot. Whichever direction this line points will be the direction the ball will travel. A good way to practice alignment is to take a club and place it against both toes. The club will point to where the ball will travel.
– Grip – Many people often use the familiar baseball grip and apply it to a golf club. This grip, however, will cause you to come over the ball, which in turn leads to a dead pull. When holding the club properly, you should be able to see two “V”‘s made from each hand’s index finger and thumb. This usually is done by turning both wrists in towards your body.
(This varies depending on how each individual golfer was taught to hold a club.) Additionally, unlike a baseball grip, a golf grip entails interlocking your right pinkie with your left index finger for righties, and visa verse for lefties.
Perfecting these setup techniques is only the first half of creating a correct golf swing. The latter half is the swing itself, made up of the backswing and the follow through. It is difficult to describe the appropriate way to swing a club for two reasons: First, every shot requires a different motion, and second, each golfer should use a swing that best suits their skill level, body type, and many other variables.